Len Davies MBACP (Accredited) UKRCP
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, with over 23 years' experience of working with adults in agency and private practice settings. I also have considerable experience of working with trainee counsellors.
I work from my home in Canterbury within 10 minutes walk of Canterbury West railway station and 15 minutes walk from the centre of the city. I offer both daytime and evening appointments.
There are times in our lives when we experience a crisis - perhaps as a result of life events such as loss of relationship, loss of a job, retirement, relocation for example. We may feel overcome by anxiety, depression or just a general feeling of distress and not know why. Our distress may be compounded by feeling ashamed of our feelings, believing we "should" be able to manage or even that we "shouldn't" be feeling this way. We may feel alone in our distress, fearing that we will not be understood - fearing that we will be judged by others. We may indeed judge ourselves and feel even worse.
At such difficult times counselling can provide a safe, confidential, supportive and non-judgemental space where we can begin to share our concerns with another, develop our understanding of ourselves and our situation, and discover new ways of coping.
New to counselling? What might you expect?
Perhaps you are thinking about counselling for the first time and naturally feel a little anxious and unsure about what to expect. For example, what happens when you arrive at the counsellor's door for the first time?
I will welcome you and show you into my work room, invite you to take a seat and will sit opposite you. To begin, I will set the scene by saying that the main purpose of our first meeting is for us to get a sense of each other - for you to see if you feel comfortable working with me and for me to decide if I can be helpful for you or, if not, to look at other options.
Next, I will take some basic factual information - e.g. address, date of birth, occupation, contact details etc. - and explain the rules of confidentiality between us. I then might invite you to say something about what brings you to counselling at this time and understand that you may wish to enter the process slowly. For example, it may or may not be the case that you say something about your family and current living situation in the first session.
I will invite you to ask any questions you might have about the process of counselling and about my experience and approach. I am happy to explain anything which is not clear.
Counselling is .....?
Counselling is a process of exploration - working together to discover what works for you rather than being given yet more "advice" or opinions which, however well intentioned, usually aim to "fix" things.
Many studies show that the key feature of a successful experience of counselling is the quality of the relationship between the counsellor and the person seeking consultation. Your feeling of the counsellor's caring, empathy and wish to understand, together with your confidence in their capacity to hear difficult and distressing experience, is vital in giving you a felt sense of trust and safety.
I see the person coming to see me as having strengths, abilities and the courage, wisdom and motivation to seek help. You are the expert on you and I will work to understand things as you see and feel them - listening, offering support and sometimes challenge as we work together to identify any changes you may wish to make. Equally importantly, we may develop new skills to help in discovering new ways to cope with things as they are.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy awarded by Metanoia Institute, validated by Middlesex University, (2006)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling awarded by Goldsmiths College, University of London.(1996)
UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I abide by their professional code of ethics.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Dependent personality disorder
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sometimes it can be difficult to put your finger on just what it is that is troubling you.
You may experience a general feeling of boredom, or disatisfaction in your life.
You may have a feeling of being 'stuck' in some way.
You may have reached a transition point in your life - e.g. retirement, redundancy, relocation - and need support in reconfiguring your sense of what it is that makes you, you.
You may have reached a point in your life where you want to find out more about the person that you are - and about the person you are becoming.
My standard fee is £40 per 50 minute session which may be paid by cash or cheque at the beginning or end of each meeting. I offer some concessions for students of counselling or psychotherapy.
An important part of our work together will be to attend to our developing relationship - for example, noticing when what is happening between us throws light on situations occurring in your life beyond the therapy room. I am sensitive to issues of trust and safety and the need to work in a style and at a pace which is right for you.
I usually see people once a week. Each meeting lasts for 50 minutes. Therapy may be long or short term, depending on your needs. We will review our work from time to time
to see how we are doing.
Please feel free to give me a call if you would like to know more. If I am not available when you call, please leave a message and I will get back to you. You can also e-mail if you prefer.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client